Climate Change SIG

Climate Change SIG

The climate and ecological emergency is arguably the most pressing and challenging issue of our time. There is undisputed evidence for climate change and its physical and mental health consequences. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Science have an important contribution to make to meeting this challenge, with its expertise in research and evidence based therapy. 

Currently there is no focus within BABCP for this knowledge and know-how to be brought together, and for concerned individuals to collaborate to effect this. The formation of this SIG enables the Association to make a unique and significant contribution to tackling this issue in the National arena.

The objective of this SIG is to further the Objects of the Association in the following manner (Objects numbered in brackets): 

  • By promoting the development of CBT theory and practice relevant to climate change (Obj.1)
  • By providing a forum for discussion of climate change and the contribution of Cognitive and Behavioural Science (Obj.5)
  • By providing CBT skills training for climate related distress and health conditions (Obj.3) 
  • By developing a non-pathologising approach to climate related responses

You can read the BABCP Climate and Ecological Emergency statement here


  1. To apply Cognitive Behavioural Science and Practice to the challenge of climate change, and contribute to the development of new models and protocols
  2. To bring together BABCP members with concern for this, so that they can act as ambassadors and pool their expertise and resources
  3. To support members in CBT research, training and therapy, both clinically and in the workplace, to work with the challenges of climate change and promote sustainable practises
  4. To contribute to national and international debate where CBT might assist with meeting the challenges of the climate emergency, through engagement with the media, government and public.


Chair  Catherine Parker
Secretary Isabel Clarke
Treasurer Claire Willsher
Branch Liaison Officer Fiona Kennedy
Ordinary Members  Mark Freeston (Co-opted Research Lead), Candan Ertubey-Sterling, Harriet Fleetwood (student member), Amanda Cole


You can get in touch with the SIG committee by email

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